Wednesday, November 6, 2019

"Bullied at the Dog Park" is a Cute Picture Book for Kids about Bullying (Review)

Disclosure: I was sent a review copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

A couple weeks ago I received Bullied at the Dog Park, featuring Sabrina in the mail to review. When I first showed the book to my girls, my youngest said, "Oh, it's just another book about dogs." But, I knew otherwise, and told her to give it a chance. Yes, the book is about dogs at a dog park, but there is an underlying message that will resonate with kids of all ages about bullying and making "true" friends and about morality.

I snuggled up on the couch to read this book with my girls the other day, and as we started to read and flip through the pages of this book, the girls would point to the cute dog illustrations throughout. They really loved Herbie, the Boston terrier, who this story is about. Herbie was bullied in a dog park, and the story shows how this cute little dog overcame his bullying and found friends who really cared for him, and treated him right.

As we read this story, my girls couldn't believe that even dogs get bullied. I had to remind them that everyone is susceptible to bullying, even my girls who are homeschooled. It is funny, I thought I would see less bullying in the homeschool community, but it seems that there is more, from both the kids and the moms. So, I continue to have talks with my girls about bullying, and coming to me to talk about it when it happens to them, as well as ways they can handle bullying when I am not around. I really liked how there was a book written that addresses bullying, and that kids can relate to, while also including a group of cute pups to help tell a tale of bullying and how it was handled.
We have only owned this book for a short time, but my girls continually ask me to read it to them, or will pull it from the bookcase to read on their own. I love how this book opened up lines of communication further with my girls, and had them sharing stories of bullying they have seen, and how they have been the better person and either stood up for the kids being picked on, or went up to them afterwords and asked them if they wanted to be friends. I love hearing this from my girls, and hope that more and more kids will take the higher road, and stand up to bullying, or at least tell an adult when it happens, so things can be addressed. This book is a great start for both parents and teachers, to read to kids, and talk further about bullying, as it can happen anywhere, and to anyone, including dogs in a dog park.

With the holidays fast approaching this book would nice a gift for kids to gift to their teachers, or parents to pick up for their kids, and have a new bedtime book to read to them, that will open up lines of communication to talk about bullying, and remind kids that everyone is different, and that they shouldn't pick on kids because of their differences.

You can find more about this cute picture book, and order it by visiting

More about this book:

"Based on a true story, Bullied at the Dog Park introduces Herbie, a lovable Boston Terrier with a "smushed" face and lots of energy. 

One day at his favorite park, Herbie is bullied by a larger dog. Sad and upset, Herbie sets out to understand why he was bullied, and along the way meets a lovable collection of dogs (including Bruno, the powerful and polite bulldog, and Jack, the smiling Pug) who have also suffered from bullying. The group quickly becomes friends, while learning valuable lessons about treating all dogs (and people) with respect, and the importance of simple kindness."

About Author, Heather Lehrman:

Heather Lehman has owned the Gold Coast location of In Home Pet Services since 2009. Based on Long Island, the company provides dog-walking, boarding, pet First Aid/CPR instruction and other services. The company is known for high quality care.

In Home Pet Services is a member of the National Association of Pet Sitters (NAPPS) and Pet Sitters Associates. Lehrman manages a staff of seven and provides support for the parent company’s new franchise.

Heather is a lifetime Nassau County resident and true animal Heather raises funds for a number of animal charities and is a longtime participant and sponsor of the Long Island Pet Expo. She is also a certified Pet Tech and is trained in Pet First Aid and CPR.

For more information regarding the new book, Bullied at the Dog Park, Featuring Sabrina, please visit,

Disclosure: I was sent a review copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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